The Sir Edward Dunlop Commemorative Service, held annually at the Weary Dunlop statue in St Kilda Road on 12th July, Weary’s birth date, was a meaningful event for those attending.
The fact that it was once again held in-person, and that it attracted beautiful sunshine throughout, added to the truly special occasion. The large number present (including our centenarian board director and WW2 Veteran, Fred Cullen OAM) heard a reading from Ms Diana Dunlop, Sir Edward’s granddaughter and a Foundation director, and thoughts on Dunlop’s legacy from Victoria’s Minister for Veterans, the Hon Shaun Leane. Mr Frank McGuire MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Medical Research, launched the annual Dunlop Appeal.
Ms Michelle Gillespie, a Director from Swinburne University of Technology announced Ms Trinity Ross as the recipient of Swinburne’s 2021 Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop Scholarship, awarded to a student for their contribution to community service. Trinity is another in a long line of worthy winners (see Trinity’s Dunlop Essay on the Community Partnerships page).
The solemn service was conducted with support from the Defence Force School of Signals (Catafalque), Bugler Ryan Koroknai from the School of Music, and piper Corporal Ben Casey from the 5th/6th Royal Victorian Regiment.
The Foundation was grateful for the financial support of the Victorian Government and Victorian Veterans Council.